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Dzhokar Tsarnaev is accused of planting bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (credit: FBI via Getty Images)

Death Penalty Decision Imminent in Boston Bombing

As attorney general, Eric Holder has approved pursuing the death penalty in at least 34 criminal cases, upholding a long-ago pledge to Congress that he would vigorously enforce federal law even though he’s not a proponent of capital punishment.

01/29/2014

File photo of a Target. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Government to Track Down Thieves in Target Breach

Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is committed to tracking down the thieves who stole information from millions of customers of Target Corp.

01/29/2014

File photo of a courtroom. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Justice Dept. Asks Appeals Court to Overturn Judge’s NSA Surveillance Ruling

Government lawyers are asking the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington to overturn a federal judge’s ruling that threatens the National Security Agency’s practice of collecting every Americans’ telephone records every day.

01/03/2014

In a debate over the future of U.S. government surveillance and the National Security Agency, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., called leaker Edward Snowden a “defector and a traitor,” and said that such metadata in 2001 could likely have prevented the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Rep. King: NSA Metadata Could Have Prevented 9/11 Attacks

In a debate over the future of U.S. government surveillance and the National Security Agency, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., called leaker Edward Snowden a “defector and a traitor,” and said that such metadata in 2001 could likely have prevented the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

12/23/2013

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.  (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

US Releases More Documents On Surveillance Origins

The director of national intelligence on Saturday declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program.

12/21/2013

A Wisconsin man who joined an Anonymous hacker attack for one minute has been sentenced to two years of federal probation and ordered to pay $183,000 in restitution to Koch Industries.  (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Anonymous Hacker Ordered To Pay $183K Fine For One-Minute Attack On Koch Industries

A Wisconsin man who joined an Anonymous hacker attack for one minute has been sentenced to two years of federal probation and ordered to pay $183,000 in restitution to Koch Industries.

12/10/2013

Mariachi musicians sing and play as they go from house to house to encourage people to come to vote on election day.  (credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Latinos Want US To Sue Over LA Supervisors’ Board

The Obama administration is aggressively pursuing lawsuits over minority voting rights in Texas and North Carolina, but the Justice Department has not moved on evidence that the latest round of redistricting in Los Angeles County unfairly reduces the influence of Latino voters.

11/29/2013

A U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia has ruled that police can't routinely put GPS devices on vehicles without search warrants. Credit: PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images

US Appeals Court: Police Warrants Needed For GPS Tracking

A U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia has ruled that police can’t routinely put GPS devices on vehicles without search warrants.

11/03/2013

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon Testifies at a House Financial Services Hearing on June 19, 2012. (Getty Images)

JPMorgan Paying $5.1 Billion In Fannie, Freddie Deal

JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay $5.1 billion to resolve claims that it misled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about risky home loans and mortgage securities it sold them before the housing market collapsed.

10/26/2013

File photo of a courtroom. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Justice’s Wheels Slowed As Shutdown Hits Courts

The government shutdown is slowing the wheels of justice in federal courts by delaying civil cases, forcing prosecutors to operate with skeleton staffs and raising uncertainty about the system’s immediate future if the stalemate continues past Thursday.

10/14/2013

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